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Teaching School Board Members

Our Board Members


Our Teaching School Board members oversee the work of KCSP teaching School Alliance and ensures that we are working for the good of our partners.






Mark Harris

I initially began my career with British Coal, qualifying as an Accountant during that time, and was finance lead on the last deep mine sunk in the UK. Moving into the education sector, I spent a number of years at Further Education establishments, leading on College new builds and re-location projects before moving to Northamptonshire County Council to work on school support services and Academy transition. Prior to joining KCSP I was Finance Director with an Academy sponsor on the South Coast. Having worked in the Academy sector for over 5 years, from both a local Authority and a Sponsor perspective, I am an avid supporter of the advantages that Academy status can bring to schools. More recently I was appointed a Fellow of my accounting body. I am married with two teenage daughters. I spend much of my free time either watching football, or car detailing. 


Heather Leatt

I am the  newly appointed KCSP Director of School Improvement, joining the Trust from the London Borough of Lewisham where I was the Service Manager for School Improvement and Intervention. I have a wealth of experience in education, having been a Business and Management Studies lecturer in Further and Higher Education and a secondary English teacher. I worked for Kent County Council for more than 7 years, as a National Strategy English Adviser and School Improvement Partner. When I left KCC in 2011, I set up my own successful Education Consultancy, and worked throughout the country in a wide range of schools and academies. I also became an Ofsted Lead Inspector and was a sought after conference speaker and contributing writer to a range of education publications.


Karen Riddell

I have been the Headteacher at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Deal for over three years. I have a son called Glenn who attends my school and is in Year 5. I am very passionate about Catholic Education and feel that the role of the KCSP Teaching School is crucial in developing outstanding and inspirational teachers within our Catholic Schools and for the academic achievement of our pupils across Kent.' 


Julie Thomas

I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in teaching as a classroom teacher, phase leader and assistant headteacher. I am excited about the opportunities that we have as a Teaching School to ensure the continual professional development of all those working in schools; teaching assistants, trainee teachers to senior leaders and headteachers so that together we see children exceeding expectations, happy in their faith and in themselves, and using their faith and skills, social and academic, for the betterment of their own lives, that of their families and their wider communities.


Brendan Wall

I was born in Chesterfield in Derbyshire. I attended De La Salle Sheffield and St. Cassian’s College Berkshire. I graduated from the University of Manchester before completing a Master’s degree in Educational Management. I have 41 years of school experience, all in Catholic education. I’ve held Senior Management posts for 26 years: Headship in Wiltshire; Chair of Wiltshire Headteachers; National Leader of Education; Clifton Diocese Director of Catholic Education and Secondary School Adviser to Bishop Declan Lang. I have been Headteacher here for 5 years, Link Headteacher for Maidstone and Malling and Founder Headteacher of Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.


Annemarie Whittle

I am married with 3 children and enjoy bringing my love of reading, music, travel and walking into school.   I began my career in publishing following my History degree at London University. Later I took a PGCE at the Institute of Education and became a Primary teacher in London then later moved with my family to Kent.    I have enjoyed being a Headteacher for the past 13 years and during this time I have been fortunate to carry out a number of temporary and ongoing roles including an acting Local Education Officer, Executive and Associate Headteacher supporting Catholic schools in Kent, a Headteacher coach and mentor, and External Headteacher examiner for Christchurch PGCE all of which broadens my own experience and I believe supports the children and staff of my own school and those of the wider community.